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“He would rather have the poor poorer, provided the rich were less rich. That is a liberal policy,”proclaimed Lady Margaret Thatcher.

No, the Iron Lady was not referring to President Obama and his failed liberal economic policies.

Heritage Expert: Raising Minimum Wage as Welfare Reform Won’t Work

Advocates of increasing the federal minimum wage argue a minimum wage increase would result in fewer people relying on food stamps and other federal welfare programs.  The evidence suggests otherwise, but there are many examples recently of pundits and economists arguing for a minimum wage increase nonetheless.

The Associated Press reports an increasing number of food stamp recipients are working-age Americans, rather than children and the elderly, as was historically the case.  AP notes some economists have thought about a minimum wage increase as a means of helping these working-age Americans become independent of federal welfare programs.

Public Policy Should Not Condemn Americans with Traditional View of Marriage

Marriage policy matters both for the well being of children and the preservation of religious liberty.  At the federal level, legal recognition of same-sex marriage will increase the potential for conflicts with religious freedom.

This is not theoretical.

Think of the baker accused of violating the law in Colorado for declining a request to bake a cake for a same-sex union on the basis of his faith.  An administrative law judge in Denver, Colorado declared Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop violated the law by refusing to bake a cake for the same-sex wedding. 

On Immigration, Republicans Have Good Reason Not to Trust Obama

MSNBC’s Luke Russert reported Thursday that Republicans and conservatives have trouble believing President Obama would enforce any border security bills they pass, especially in light of how selectively he has enforced Obamacare.

Even if they were to agree to some kind of border security that’s more intense, than the billions of dollars that went to bumping up our presence along the Mexican-U.S. border from the Senate bill, would the President actually enforce that?  And a lot of Republicans just don’t trust the President to enforce any law they put forward, and they point to the health care law.

Study: Wait Times to See a Doctor Have Increased Under the Affordable Care Act

It’s safe to say that every American seeking medical attention and an appointment with their physician of choice prefers to wait for as little time as possible.  Unfortunately, a recent studyfinds the Affordable Care Act is exacerbating a twofold problem that already exists in our country: a physician shortage and increasing wait times.  The study’s conclusion notes:

The survey was conducted during a period of historic change in the healthcare delivery system in which health reform is anticipated to greatly increase the number of people with access to health insurance.

However, as the example of Boston illustrates, access to health insurance does not always guarantee access to a physician.



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